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“The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” This was a statement written by Theodore Roosevelt in The National Park Service Organic Act. In this act he sets up a system of natural areas around the world that are to be protected and preserved around the nation. When the government fails to achieve this goal by cleaning up the trash that is littering these areas they are officially committing a crime against the United States Government.
There have been many times that I have gone to many of the natural areas that are around Fort Collins, Colorado that are completely littered with trash and vandalized with graffiti. One of the most prominent images that I have in mind is at Rotary Park on the east side of the Horse Tooth Reservoir. In an around one of the cave systems on the north side of Rotary Park is littered with broken glass and the rocks are vandalized with graffiti. This being a very popular place for many people to come and enjoy the views and climb on the rocks hinders the experience of being in nature. If Larimer County would invest in cleaning up that area and hire on staff to survey the natural areas around the reservoir every few months to look for new forms of litter or vandalism, they could return that are to its former natural beauty and have it be as close to untouched by man as they can.